French and Riviera News Thursday 11th January 2018


Number of burglaries on the rise in the Var – Figures published have shown a sharp rise in the number of burglaries in the Var region over the last three months. An increase of nearly 30% was reported with police declaring a permanent battle in the fight against burglary with measures needed to increase the security of homeowners.

French President’s visit to China - French President Emmanuel Macron has visited the ‘Jimei x Arles international photography festival’ during his trip to China. The festival features international artists selected from ‘Rencontres d’Arles’ alongside Chinese and Asian photography talents. The festival has attracted more than 100,000 visitors since its creation in 2015. Macron met with the organisers of the exhibition, congratulating them on the cultural cooperation between the two countries.

Consumer Electronic Show - Twelve start-ups from the Riviera are taking part in this year ‘Consumer Electronics Show’ in Las Vegas. Each year the event brings together digital giants who hope their inventions will soon become part of our everyday lives in the future.

Royal visit to Burkina Faso - Prince Albert and Princess Charlene have started a marathon of ‘friendly’ visits to Burkina Faso. The couple arrived on Wednesday and according to reports will during their visit discuss the limitation of presidential terms, abolition of the death penalty and gender quality. Prince Albert’s last visit was in 2012.

Dakar 2018 – French rally driver Sébastian Loeb has been forced to pull out of the Dakar 2018 during its fifth stage after his Monagasque co-driver Daniel Elena was injured. The 40th edition of the Dakar race started on Saturday and covers 9,000 km in 14 stages through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.

Bugatti exhibition Monaco - It’s the fastest car in the world and it’s on show, here in Monaco. The Bugatti Chiron, an exceptional French car, has been present since the end of last week as part of the Bugatti exhibition, held in Fontvieille. The car was unveiled for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016, and 500 models will be made worldwide. With a top speed of 460 km / h, this supercar is the fastest car in the world.


The Ritz hotel in Paris raided by five robbers - Four million euros worth of jewels has been stolen from the Ritz hotel in Paris. A gang of five robbers armed with hatchets raided the hotel on Wednesday. Three of the gang were detained at the scene but two remain at large according to reports.

French minister calls on Germany to boost growth –French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has urged Germany to increase investment and raise wages to help boost growth in Europe. His call comes as Chancellor Angela Merkel is negotiating a coalition government with the Social Democrats three months after a general election. Meanwhile French officials announced on Wednesday that China has ordered 184 Airbus A320 planes to be delivered to 13 airlines, the announcement came as President Emmanuel Macron wrapped up his state visit to the country.

French citizenship -The French interior ministry has said that the number of British nationals applying for French citizenship has increased nearly tenfold in three years. Figures have shown that 386 Britons filed applications to become French in 2015, rising to 1,363 in 2016 and to 3,173 in 2017.


Canada has launched a wide ranging trade complaint against the United States in a dispute that Washington says will damage the country’s own interests and simply play into the hands of China.
Canada filed its complaint with the World Trade Organisation on Wednesday in which it challenged the ways that the US investigates products for subsidies a below-cost sales.
The United States says that the complaint is “unfounded” and is an “unadvised attack on the US trade remedies system”.
The complaint runs to 32 pages  and comes following disputes between the two nations in areas such as dairy,aircraft sales and lumber as well as efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Under WTO rules,the United States has 60 days to try and settle the complaint or Canada could ask the organisation to adjudicate.

Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway has promoted two long serving employees  as the firm takes into consideration a future without the billionaire investor.
Mr Buffet,who’s 87  says that he remains in good health  but the promotions are designed to give Gregory Abel and Ajit Jain  experience in running the business.
Both men have been named as vice-presidents and Mr Buffet says that they have Berkshire-Hathaway “in their blood”.
Warren Buffet has led the investment firm for more than 4 decades turning it into a huge conglomerate with holdings in rail,major insurance,real estate,newspapers and utilities.
The firm and its subsidiaries employ more than 367,000 people worldwide.

And-UK manufacturing has expanded at its fastest rate since 2008 after recording a 7th consecutive month of growth in November.
The export market which has been boosted by the lower value of sterling was led by a surge in sales of cars,boats and aeroplanes with output 3.6 percent higher than figures from November 2016.
Experts say that the trend is being driven by two factors-the weaker currency and global growth.
Sterling’s fall in value following the Brexit referendum has made UK exports more competitive while the three drivers of global growth,the USA,China and Europe are all performing strongly.


Football-Last night’s English League Cup semi final between Chelsea and Arsenal ended in a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.
Referee Martin Atkinson consulted the Video Assistant Referee system on two occasions following Chelsea penalty claims but ruled that no offence had been committed both times.
The match was rather cagey with the second leg to come at the Emirates on January the 24th.

Cricket-Mark Stoneman and James Vince have both kept their places in England’s Test squad to play New Zealand in March.
There’s first Test call up for batsman Liam Livingstone while bowler Mark Wood and Ben Stokes are back in the 16 man squad.
England will play New Zealand in two Tests in March.

Formula 1-Plans have been discussed for a new race in Copenhagen starting in 2020.
Formula 1 boss Chase Carey has been to the Danish capital to discuss the plans with the city’s mayor and the country’s business minister.
New races in ‘destination’ cities are part of new expansion plans by Formula 1’s new owners Liberty Media.Key markets including the USA and Asia have been identified with races in Miami and Vietnam among several locations being discussed.

Tennis-Former world number one Novak Djokovic says that he is planning to play in the Australian Open next week after returning to action following a 6 month layoff due to an elbow injury.
Djokovic,who’s slipped to 16 in the ATP rankings returned to the court with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Dominic Thiem at the Kooyong Classic  and said that he was “very happy” with his performance in his first competitive match since Wimbledon.

Boxing-British Boxing regulators say that they are “nowhere near” granting Tyson Fury a license to fight and still require medical records to lift his suspension.
Fury accepted a two year backdated doping ban last month  and wants to return to the ring this year.
The British Boxing Board of Control says that it hasn’t spoken to the fighter and requires medical records before the process can move on.
On Wednesday,Fury said that he would be applying for his license and hoped to be back in the ring in April. 


Partially cloudy with light south westerly or variable winds.

Top temperature 14 degrees.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 42 degrees inland with a touch of frost in places.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Mainly fine with a high of 13-14 degrees.





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